Argues that the idea of empowerment needs to be institutionalised in the law, education and government if sustainable development is to become a reality.
Part 1 Empowerment for sustainable development - overview of concepts, methods and challenges: Overview, Naresh Singh & Vangile Titi; poverty processes of impoverishment and empowerment - a review of current thinking, Yash Tandon; environmental entitlements - towards empowerment for sustainable development, Robin Mearns. Part 2 Integrated strategies for institutional change for empowerment and sustainable development - opportunities and constraints; restructuring government for empowerment and sustainable development, James B. Sellars; law reform for sustainable development - legalizing empowerment, David Vander Zwaag. Part 3 Education for empowerment and sustainable development, Deborah Barndt; transformative education and environmental action in the Ecozoic era, Budd Hall & Edmund Sullivan. Part 4 Empowerment approaches for sustainable development: building upon local creativity and entrepreneurship in vulnerable environments, Kirir K. Patel; community-based management and co-management as an empowerment tool, Fikret Berkes; indigenous knowledge as an empowerment tool, George J. Sefa Dei; how the women and law approach advances sustainable development, Lillian Mushota. Part 5 Empowerment for sustainable development - towards an operational strategy: engaging stakeholders in a process of change towards sustainable development, Naresh Singh & Vangile Titi.